The 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom homes feature Utah’s first geothermal heating and cooling for an apartment community – a green and cost-effective way of transferring heat to and from the Earth – along with plentiful outdoor options: a playground, basketball court, covered pavilion, community garden and a fenced-in dog park.
- Affordable to low-income families: All Canyon Crossing homes are targeted to people earning 60 percent of the Area Median Income.
- Available in markets where the supply gap is growing: One third of Salt Lake City households are housing-cost burdened, meaning they spend 30 percent or more of their income on housing. Of these cost-burdened households, nearly half are renter households.
- Healthy, well-designed and sustainable: The homes are Enterprise Green Communities-certified. They’re the first apartments in Utah that feature geothermal heating and cooling, resulting in a significant reduction in utility costs. Nine homes are designated for people with disabilities.
- Connected to good schools, jobs, transit and health care: The light rail and abundant retail options, including a supermarket, are in walking distance. With convenient access to the highway, Canyon Crossing is a 20-minute commute to downtown Salt Lake City.
“Enterprise has been a great partner and a very valuable resource. Their knowledge and expertise are unsurpassed. We have truly enjoyed our relationship with Enterprise.”
– Michael Plaizier, Executive Director,
“I Feel Like It’s Home”
Cameron Owen starts his workday at 6 p.m. From sunset to sunrise, he works as a materials handler at a nearby medical device company. When he gets off at 6 a.m., he drives to college to pursue a degree in business management. Sleep comes in the afternoon. His wife Callie manages a similarly crowded, if more conventional schedule. With three children – a 2-year-old and 5-year-old twins – spare time is a precious commodity.
When asked about their biggest challenge, Callie doesn’t hesitate: “Making sure there’s enough money for everything.”
The Owens have figured out a way to make it work. They keep their expenses in check. Instead of costly activities, they opt for free recreation like walks to the park and trips to the playground. And they discovered the affordable homes at Canyon Crossing.
After moving into their new home in early 2015, the Owens gained a third bedroom, greener and more cost-efficient utilities, including geothermal heating and cooling, and more modern features at Canyon Crossing – all at a comparable rent to their former apartment. Along with helping them keep their heads above water financially, their new home is a source of pride.
Asked what they like most, Cameron and Callie cite a list of features: the central air, the hardwood floors, the finishes, the curb appeal, playground, barbeque and the large field where the kids can play.
Like all residents, the Owens also partake in the stunning views. To the east, the Wasatch Mountains cut a sheer line across the horizon. To the southwest, the Oquirrh Mountains form a rolling perimeter around the Salt Lake basin. Families like the Owens can take a quick ride to a nearby hiking trail or ski slope, or take in the panoramic views from the mountain tops.
“If you go to our old apartment versus here,” Callie says, “you would say: ‘Wow, you really moved up in life!’”
As Cameron pursues his degree, the Owens plan to stay at Canyon Crossing at Riverwalk until they’re able to buy a house. They joke that they’re so happy with their home that they often forget they’re in an apartment.
“I can see us staying here for a very long time,” Callie says. “It’s nice. It’s safe. Management’s really on top of things. I feel like it’s home.”